Heinrich Schütz: "O süßer Jesu Christ, " SWV 405 - Symphoniae
By 1650, the year of the publication of the third book of Sacred Symphonies,
Schütz had so assimilated the Italian style of his youth that the Italianate
and Germanic qualities live together in perfect harmony. In our Sacred
Symphony "O süßer Jesu Christ," SWV 405, the liquid Italianate
lines are manipulated in a virtuosic Germanic style. The wonderful dancy
chorus entries add yet another stylistic element to this adorable yet
deeply felt piece.